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to feel that the Tories like foreign children more than British ones?

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SindyW Thu 10-Jan-13 09:55:10

They pay child benefit to Polish children who have never even been to Britain. They support children in the third world by maintaining the full value of the overseas aid budget, whilst at the same time saying they can't afford to raise income support, working tax credits or child tax credits in line with inflation. They will raise support for overseas children in line with inflation but not support for British children. British students have seen a 300% increase in their university tuition fees but overseas students have had a much smaller rise (in line with inflation). It seems, to me, that David Cameron and Ian Duncan Smith have it in for British children and young people or am I being unreasonable?

MiniTheMinx Thu 10-Jan-13 13:41:27

"The US military is facing fresh questions over its targeting policy in Afghanistan after a senior army officer suggested that troops were on the lookout for "children with potential hostile intent".
article about how western corporations are "Steeling" aid money in Afghanistan. CorpWatch investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world.

theodorakisses Thu 10-Jan-13 13:51:18

By all means question the governments policies on immigration both present and past but it is a bit rum to suggest that some children are not "entitled" to the basics in life. Should British people put their kids before immigrants? If so, how many generations do they have to be here (passport or not) before they are worthy. In Qatar, a small ME country, my kids have the same rights, protection and care as anyone else. Yes I appreciate they are a rich nation but we are talking morality here, not cash.

THERhubarb Thu 10-Jan-13 13:55:59

Just noticed that Sindy's profile says she doesn't have children.

First post too - well done Sindy!

PolkadotCircus Thu 10-Jan-13 13:58:48

Theodor they're not immigrants if they're not here,that is the shoe point.

ThursdayWillBeTheDay Thu 10-Jan-13 14:07:45

OP, yes, my Mum is a Tory and likes her Polish tennants a whole lot more than she likes her British ones.....d'ya know why? Because the Polish family work hard, are nice people and pay the rent on time. While the Brits haven't paid their rent in 6 mths and keep fridges in the backyard while producing another kid every 10mths or so.


theodorakisses Thu 10-Jan-13 14:12:51

Fair enough, the inflammatory nature of this post must have burned my eyes. Seriously though, I kind of agree with the notion that the government should be looking after the people but, having lived in Bangladesh, Africa and, briefly Eastern Europe, I am loathe to compare aid with benefits. I do question the fees though, as a non tax paying, comparatively rich expat, my company will pay for my kids to go to a UK boarding school for 3 years so we don't have to pay fees for university. How is that ok? Same as all the women I know returning to the NHS for a month to give birth having been on £100k plus tax free for the last 10 years? Target the rich, not the poor.

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